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Blood Test Shows Statistically Significant Association With Alzheimer's Disease (AD), May Predict Conversion of Mild Cognitive Impairment to AD
Date:7/16/2009

LONDON, BIRMINGHAM, England and VIENNA, July 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Zsuzsanna Nagy of the University of Birmingham today presented data from a clinical study, funded by Cytox Limited, demonstrating that a simple blood-based biomarker discriminated between patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) and control subjects. The findings were statistically highly significant, and the test discriminated between the two groups with 80% sensitivity and 80% specificity. The results also showed that 40% of the mild cognitive impairment (MCI) patients tested had the same test results as AD patients. Follow up study of MCI patients enrolled in an earlier study found that the test allowed early identification of those MCI patients who later developed dementia. The results were presented at the 2009 Alzheimer's Association International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease (ICAD 2009), held in Vienna, Austria.

The blood test measures the integrity of the cell cycle G1/S restriction point in peripheral blood lymphocytes. Dr. Nagy, the inventor of the test and scientific co-founder of Cytox Ltd, was the principal investigator of the study, which was conducted in collaboration with the Oxford Project to Investigate Memory and Aging (OPTIMA). According to Dr. Nagy, "The results of this study support the cell cycle hypothesis of Alzheimer's disease - specifically, that G1/S cell cycle regulatory failure leads to the downstream development of the characteristic pathologies of the disease, the amyloid plaques and tau tangles. Most importantly, the findings validate the use of our lymphocyte test as a biomarker of Alzheimer's disease and suggest that the test is predictive of cognitive deficit developing in MCI patients."

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